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  President Trump Meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau  CSPAN  December 3, 2019 1:39pm-2:01pm EST

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something could be worked out. we think they want to do it. we know they want to do it. we want to do it also. i spoke to china about it. they did it during one of our trade negotiations they were extremely excited about getting involved in that. so some very good things could happen with respect to that. i think it's very important. the whole nuclear situation, very, very important. thank you-all very much. thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. isit] >> after his briefing with the french president, president trump clarified his statement that the u.s. doesn't support iran demonstrators. an estimated 180 protestors were killed during protests of a gas price increase this week. president trump tweeting, the united states of america supports the brave people of
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iran who are protesting for their freedom. we have under the trump dministration and always will. president trump also met with canadian prime minister trudeau this morning. here's a look at their news conference from the nato summit in london. president trump: a question was asked about the people protesting in iran. we do support them totally. and have supported them from the beginning. the question was asked do we support them financially. we haven't supported them. don't know that we have ever been asked to support them financially. somebody asks, maybe we would. but we support them very, very seriously. the people that are protesting in iran. they are froasting freedom and
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we are fully in support of them. just in case anybody had any questions. we haven't been asked to support them financially, which i assume that's what the question was. just to make sure everybody understood it. it's an honor to be with freavend mine with great election victory. congratulations. cona very good job. we actually have a very -- done a very good jofpblet we actually have a very good relationship in terms of our countries. we are working on the usmca. we are trying to get nancy pelosi to put it up for a vote. if it gets put up for a vote it passes. so far she hasn't decided 20 do that -- to do that. it's up to her. it's a single individual. the speaker of the house. it's that person's decision. she's the speaker of the house. it's a great deal for mexico. for canada and the united states. it's a lot of jobs for everybody. and it replaces a deal that's a ousy deal, bad deal for -- i would say the united states the
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deal that we have right now is terrible. terrible. a terrible deal for the united states. it we look forward to being able to vote on -- take the vote on usmca. it's been there for a long time. and at some point perhaps the president of mexico, we have a wonderful man there. he's been a wonderful man. the prime minister will get tired, look, let's forget this deal. can i understand if you did. it's been sitting in congress now for six or seven months. it's a great deal for everybody. hopefully they can get it done and get it done fast. it's one of the few transactions i think all three countries benefit. as a unit against the world. if you look at t it's a unit against the world. that's the way we looked at it right from the beginning. we hope that's the case. again congratulations. we are going to be talking about a number of subjects, including
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additional trade. it the military and military presence. it's great being at nato. we had some real success and some very successful talks having to do with nato. as you know lot of countries have stepped up and they are billionin at least $130 more. that's great. they have commitments for $400 billion. it has become a force. as we have discussed in the past, there is going to be great flexibility with nato. we can go to other parts of the world. not just one focus. it's a lot of focuses. we need a lot of focuses. we need a lot of focus. we'll be looking at other forms of terror. we'll be looking at other countries. we'll be looking at countries that are aggressive. and not just one particular part of this world. so i think nato's become a very big factor over the last two or
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three years. you have been involved. i have been involved. and a lot of good things have happened and it's great to have you here. thank you very much. congratulations. chairman powell: thank you -- president trudeau: thank you. it's a real pleasure to sit down with president trump as the relationship between can in a dean at united states is really strong. i don't think it's been stronger. our work together on the usmca as we move forward towards ratification has been really tremendous. it's been a great process working with -- between your team and our team. working with the mexicans as well. we know that we are here for nato. the 70th anniversary. extremely important. the american strength in ensuring that people are stepping up in terms of their military investments is certainly something we recognized in canada. we are increasing our defense investment by 70% over these 10 years because we know that making sure that everyone is there to step up and deliver is
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really important. group a forward battle in latvia. we are leading the command mission in baghdad. canadians are a strong part of this alliance and we'll continue to be. this is just a great opportunity for me to sit down with the president and talk about the many issues in which we work ogether. [speaking a foreign language] it president trump: that sounded very good. reporter: mr. president, climate change is a top priority for the prime minister here as ell as for president macron. it [indiscernable] are you -- president trump: obviously climate change is very important for me. i have done many environmental impact statements over my life. and i believe very strongly,
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very, very crystal clear clean water and clean air. that's a big part. i also see what's happening with our oceans where certain countries are dumping unlimited loads of things in it. they float. they tend to float towards the united states. i see that happening and nobody's ever seen anything like it. it's gotten worse. it's very important to me, also. i want clean air and clean water. that's the number one and number two. very important. reporter: are you concerned about rising sea levels at all? president trump: i'm concerned about everything. but i'm also concerned about nuclear proliferation. which i think is a very important topic. it's a topic that we are going to discuss today. the whole situation with nuclear to me is very, very important. as we have been discussing today at the various meetings that we have had. i think that's something that has to be taken care of and it has to be dealt with very strongly. reporter: mr. president, are
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you happy -- are you happy with canadian defense spending right now? president trump: they are moving up substantially and starting to do very well economically. that has something to do with it. they are getting up to a level that's getting to be very acceptable. they have been under the 2%, obviously. but they are moving up. we discussed it. it we'll discuss that, yes. we'll discuss that. we'll be discussing that, yes. reporter: using it in the next generation -- president trump: we had a security problem with it. canada is going to make a decision at some point. we have ability to do a lot of things. we have actually advanced very far in 5-g. much better than anyone knows. we have a lot of action going on
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with respect to 5-g. we are not using huawei. some of our great companies are getting much involved with 5-g right now. we find a tremendous security problem with respect to huawei. reporter: you are comfort herbal earlier about russia and ina -- [indiscernable] the conversations you had doesn't mesh with what they said. president trump: what they said? we have had discussions and communications. i can tell you if i could see something done with it. does that mean they'll agree? i'm the one that terminated the agreement. i terminated it because they were not living up to it. and we don't want to be living up to an agreement and they don't. so it wasn't fair.
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it it covered things that, frankly, didn't matter anymore. we are looking at doing a new agreement with russia. and we are looking at doing a new agreement with china. and maybe the three of us will do it together. and they do want to do t i can tell you with china we were at a trade meeting and the subject -- i broached the subject and they were very excited about t they would like to do it. we may do it with russia first and go to china. or it may not happen. to be honest with you maybe it won't happen. we are spending a lot of money on nuclear. and we have new nuclear and we of tremendous renovations lder capability. i see the kind of damage we are talking about and the kind of power that we have. d it's a very die verse --
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it's a very good thing if we can do something to stop making that, fixing that. we'll see what happens. there are other countries, but in terms of the world, we are number one by far. russia's number two. and china would be number three. -- it's a tremendous expense. for us, for everybody. the destructive capability is really unacceptable. we'll see if we can do something. i think russia and i think china would like to do it very much. reporter: member countries and allied countries in the past delinquent for not meeting the 2% standard. where would you put canada in that? president trump: they'll be ok. just slightly delinquent. some are way below 1%.
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that's unacceptable. then if something happens we are supposed to protect them. it's not really fair. it never has been fair. they are paying up. we are talking to germany tomorrow. and they are starting to come along. they have to. they have to. otherwise if they don't want to, i'll have to do something with respect to trade reporter: canada is ok? president trump: we have built something in the last three years that's been incredible. you have seen it. we are up $21 trillion and china as you down about $32 trillion. as you know for years i have been hearing that it was, 2019, 2019, china will become the largest economy. that didn't happen. we are much larger than china because we have gone up and they have gone down. and they have had their worst year in 56 or 57 years.
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by far. they have had the worst year they have had that they know of. and we know about that, frankly. but what they were doing is wrong. and i think they are going to stop it. and they want to make a deal, yes. reporter: on that question, would you commit if there is a country that's delinquent as you put it in paying for their defense spending, would you commit as president of the united states to defend them if they were attacked? president trump: you know i'm going to be discussing that today. that's a very interesting question, isn't it? it also defends on what your definition of delinquent s if you have a country paying only 1%, you have some paying less than 1%, and shouldn't be, you have some paying less than 1% and -- now we go to a new year and they don't pay. and another year and they don't pay. well, now i ask you, do they have to pay for the back years?
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ok. why is it that they owe us this year but every time a new year comes up, they don't have to pay. it's wrong. it's not right. i could say that you could go back 25 years. i won't do that with canada, of course. you would go back right from the beginning. where they were short of -- it's 2%. 2% is very low. it should be 4%. 2% is very low. but you have some that are well short of that. but they were shorter than last year, the year before, year before. so they are short all these years. in theory you don't just say that's ok. you don't have to pay. i mean they are really owed that money from the past. that's the way i look at it. if germany, as an example, is putting 1% and they are supposed to be paying 2%, you are talking about billions of dollars. well, that means that last year, the year before, year before all
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of those years they would owe us money. you are talking about trillions of dollars. nobody's ever brought that up. they just keep talking about the present. if they are short one year, and then you go into the new year, they never talk about the year they didn't pay. but they actually in theory owe that money. it's not fair. it's not fair. reporter: regarding china, when you met the prime minister in june, you talked about being -- trying to help with the two prisoners that are canadians that are in china. have you made any -- president trump: i have. i think we made progress. i had mentioned that to president xi as you know. there was a big subject at the time. i just hope they are being treated well. i put in a very, very strong ord for those two prisoners. reporter: mr. president, canada
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does not meet the 2% standard, should it have a plan to meet the 2% standard? president trump: we'll put them on a payment plan. we'll put canada on a payment blan. i'm sure the prime minister are -- what is your number? president trudeau: number we talked about is 70% increase over these past years. including for the coming years. including significant investments in our fighter jets. significant investments in our naval fleets. we are increasing signaturely our defense spending from previous governments that cut it. president trump: where are you now in terms of your number? it it president trudeau: one-fourth. president trump: they know it's important to do that. their economy is doing well. they'll get there quickly. it's to their benefit. president trudeau: the president knows well that canada has been there for every nato deployment.
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we have consistently stepped up. sent our troops into harm's way. we are leading in iraq. we are leading in nato -- in latvia. we continue to step up like most of our allies. there are some countries that even though they might reach the 2% don't step up nearly as much. i think it's important to look at what is actually being done. and the united states and our nato allies know that canada is a solid, reliable partner. will continue to defend nato and our interests. >> the house impeachment inquiry hearings continue this week on c-span. today the house intelligence committee will vote in a closed door session to send their findings on president trump to the house judiciary committee. then on wednesday, live at 10:00 a.m. eastern, the house judiciary committee led by chair jerald nadler will hold a public inquiry hearing on the constitutional grounds for presidential impeachment and will hear testimony from law
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house here on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the order.ill be in the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, d.c., december 3, 2019. hereby appoint the honorable max rose to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. nancy pelosi, speaker of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by our father conroy. conroy: let us god of light, we give you thanks day.ving us another -- for giving us